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Oneida Lake

A major research program at CBFS is the Oneida Lake projects that involve two of CBFS’ senior scientists with Jackson concentrating on fish and fisheries and Rudstam concentrating on lower trophic levels. Paul Curtis, Nelson Hairston and Ian Hewson also had projects or students involved with Oneida Lake in 2015. The program involves the research staff Brooking, VanDeValk, Holeck, and Hotaling, several graduate students (Hetherington, Craig, E. Jackson) and summer interns. Oneida Lake is a site member of GLEON and part of several research projects comparing data from lakes across the world. A Hatch project designed to understand the coupling between hydrodynamics and mussel filtering rates by incorporating mussels in a General Lakes Model developed by GLEON collaborators (Hipsey and Bruce, University of Western Australia) is also underway. New initiatives include an Atkinson Center project 

headed by Kassam, experiments on mussels and climate change by our visiting professors Zhang and Mei, and an NSF funded project on coupled human and ecological systems. Oneida Lake is one of three lakes studied in this new NSF project (PIs Carrey, Cobourn, and Boyle). In addition, the Oneida fisheries data are analyzed by research groups in the USGS Coop Unit in Georgia (Irwin) and the University of Pennsylvania (Wagner). A big push of the Oneida program in 2015 was the completion of a book on Oneida Lake edited by Rudstam, Mills, Jackson and Stewart and published by the American Fisheries Society in early 2016. Another important boost was the new equipment (FlowCam, Fluroprobe, zooplankton counter) and new sampling boat that are being acquired as a result of a successful NSF field station improvement grant received in 2015. 

Work on other inland lakes include studies on Silver Lake in PA, Cayuga Lake mollusks, Onondaga Lake fish-zooplankton interactions, and Canadarago Lake fisheries. CBFS has been involved in studies of Canadarago Lake for many decades and a major report by Brooking and others was published in early 2016. Additional publications on that lake will follow.